Nonpartisan advice for the U.S. Congress matters

Insights into the work of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


  • Constanze Scherz Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Deutschland)
  • Timothy M. Persons U.S. Government Accountability Office (USA)



policy advice, democracy, U.S. Congress


As in all democratically constituted states, scientific policy advice to the legislature in the U. S. is faced with the challenges of this time: What can good advice look like given the rapidly developing new technologies and their far-reaching implications for society? Despite decades of collaboration between consultants and advisors, mutual trust must be won over and over again. Against this background, it is particularly interesting to take a closer look at current developments in the U. S.: Timothy M. Persons, GAO’s Chief Scientist, gives insights into the work of the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which advises the U. S. Congress. It becomes clear that balanced results of technology assessment and other GAO products arise when not only the majority but also the minority party is heard when prioritizing congressional inquiries. The research questions must be impartial and meet congressional requirements. The interview was conducted by Constanze Scherz (ITAS-KIT).




How to Cite

Scherz C, Persons TM. Nonpartisan advice for the U.S. Congress matters: Insights into the work of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). TATuP [Internet]. 2020 Dec. 15 [cited 2021 Nov. 29];29(3):70-3. Available from:

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